Trump rambles yet wows crowd at conservative gathering
June 4th, 2011
06:31 AM ET
4 years ago

Trump rambles yet wows crowd at conservative gathering

Washington (CNN) - He may have irked some conservatives by flirting with, then bailing on, a presidential run and by recently bailing on a commitment to speak to Iowa Republicans - but Donald Trump appears to remain popular among conservative voters.

In his first major political outing since deciding against a presidential bid in mid-May, Trump wowed the crowd at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington on Friday by dusting off his familiar lines of political attack against Democrats and President Barack Obama.

Receiving a rousing standing ovation, Trump set about delivering his crowd-tested and conservative crowd-pleasing criticisms. And yet at times, the real estate billionaire rambled through a series of multiple thoughts.

For example, at one point Trump began to talk about the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, veered into talk about the Arab League and Saudi Arabia, turned into the conflict in Libya - and even managed to fit in a bit of bombast about his real estate business.

“Now OPEC is having a tremendous time at our expense. Think of Libya. Think of what they… the Arab League. You know what the Arab League is? Saudi Arabia and a couple … and by the way, I have many friends in Saudi Arabia. They buy apartments from me all the time. I like them. They’re nice people. I’m not blaming them. I’m blaming our very, very inept leadership. So they say, ‘Attack Libya.’ Attack Libya. OK, so we’ll attack Libya. So we’re spending billions of dollars attacking Libya. Nobody knows what’s happening. Who have they bombed? How many people are they killing? Where are these bombs landing? In fact, the only one they haven’t gotten is the one they want to get.”

In similar fashion, Trump repeated his slams against China and Iraq, though in both instances, he firmly reiterated his stance that China is manipulating its currency and that the U.S. should get the revenue from Iraq’s oil reserves - something widely discredited by many.

Trump also used his speech to open up new lines of attack on issues currently in the news.

Regarding New York Rep. Anthony Weiner’s current troubles involving a controversial picture, Trump said, “Of course it was his picture. Take a look at those skinny legs.”

And Trump even took aim at the number two most powerful Republican in the House, Majority Leader Eric Cantor - who’d spoken to the same crowd just a few hours before.

“By the way, a certain Republican representative two nights ago I watched on television, Representative Cantor - who I like - said we don’t want to give money to the tornado victims,” Trump said. “And yet in Afghanistan, we’re spending $10 billion a month. But we don’t want to help the people that get devastated by tornadoes. ... We don’t have money for them.”

Cantor recently said that the federal government should provide assistance to victims of tornado devastation in Joplin, Missouri. But the majority leader urged cuts in other federal spending to justify the government assistance.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    He rambled yet wowed them because they're a crowd of Sarah Palin-level simpletons. A little bit of "Grrr Obama bad negro man, free market good!!!" And the crowd was ready to open their heart & wallets to him. He really is a carnival barker. He's not even a real Republican.

    June 4, 2011 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  2. chris

    "Trump rambles yet wows" – that headline says it all. Because the Republicans don't care about coherence or constructive discourse. Just as long as you attack the Democrats, and President Obama in particular, that's all they want to hear.

    June 4, 2011 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Glad to see that the rethugs/tea bagging crowd wants to listen to a bozo who has voted democrat most of his life.
    Shows you that he and many more are all fluff with nothing concrete.

    June 4, 2011 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  4. Clwyd

    Birds of a feather flock together. Cockatoos!

    June 4, 2011 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  5. John Burt

    To me, Trump sounds like the kind of guy you don't want to sit next to in a bar, the kind of guy who goes off on some rant that ruins your evening.

    June 4, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  6. Kanoodle

    Trump values money over everything else. It is time to create a website listing all of the products Trump sells so people
    can boycott them. Also it is time to post a list of the businesses that do business with him and boycott their products.

    June 4, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  7. Perplexed

    Trump is as egotistical, dumb, crazy and unqualified as Palin. He better watch what he says because there's plenty of controversal stuff about him out there.

    June 4, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  8. diridi

    Trump, Palin.....?????? not a chance.....even to their voice....

    June 4, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  9. John

    I just don't understand the Republican any more , I think they all have gone nuts or something. One thing you are listen to Donald trump and he say he not going to run, and If he did he does know want the heck he taking about. Than you have a Republican Eric Cantor say that we didn't want to money to Tornado Victims in Joplin Missouri and other places. But the Republican can give money Afghanistan and Iraq and any other country that need help. the Republican say America can help every other Country but are own. You Tornado Victims I sure hope you reminder this when It come time to vote In 2012. Because If there were Republican In charges you wouldn't be getting any help now, But they would help other Country. Sound like to me the Republican are worry about other Country ,but not there own. If America want to lose all there right and have any help when you need It you don't want to voted for a Republican In 2012.

    June 4, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  10. GOP = Greed Over People

    Rambling?

    This proves that Palinese is contagious.

    June 4, 2011 08:07 am at 8:07 am |